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(Reuters)The United States and European Union aim to start negotiating a vast Transatlantic free trade pact by June

(Reuters) - The United States and European Union aim to start negotiating a vast Transatlantic free trade pact by June, though the plan confirmed on Wednesday faces many hurdles before it might help revive the world's top two economies......

Negotiations will focus on harmonizing standards, from car seat belts to household cleaning products, and regulations governing services. These help ensure exporters can compete.....

"We will not negotiate changes that we do not want of the basic rules on either side, be it on hormones or GMOs," he said.

French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq said she would back a deal if it benefited France, long a vocal defender of its agricultural interests: "I will ensure that French interests are heard," she said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/14/us-eu-us-trade-idU...